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Nickname Ventura
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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
84. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 25, 2011, 05:44 Ventura
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 25, 2011, 05:27:
I thought we killed that high horse ages ago Ventura??

What's amusing is that you proceeded to say nothing to counter my point of view. Just a whole load of crap about how you think I've crossed the line, which leads me to believe that I've hit the nail just a tad too close to the head for your liking.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
82. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 25, 2011, 05:09 Ventura
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 25, 2011, 04:40:
Isn't that somewhat contradictory? If they felt a game was worth buying, they'd buy it. Obviously they don't feel it is worth buying if they don't buy it. I think it's much safer to assume that most pirates are very cheap and/or don't have the means to buy every game they pirate.

Yeah, right. Whether or not a pirate is really enjoying a game he's just downloaded and installed is a mute point, because I don't for a second believe that anywhere near a significant number of them will then go and buy it as a consequence. Not when it's something they technically already own.

In this day and age, where games are like 10gig a pop, the "I can't afford it" pirates do amuse me. Can't afford to buy the games, but high-speed internet with no bandwidth caps, yeah they've got the money for that.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
80. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 25, 2011, 04:18 Ventura
 
WoodroweBones19 wrote on Nov 24, 2011, 23:45:
I've "pirated" other games that didnt provide demos and if I found they were worth it I bought them as I'm betting the majority of that 95% do.

Considering the PC platform has been all-but-abandoned by the big-budget studios, I would wager their sales numbers would strongly disagree with that one.

There's no way anywhere near the majority of pirates are buying titles they feel are worth it. Sorry, not a chance.

WoodroweBones19 wrote on Nov 24, 2011, 23:45:
UBI is banking on doing most of their sales with hype/ads and not on game content which is why they are so concerned with piracy.

The thought occurs that, these days, hype is as good at selling a game as that game's actual content. Skyrim sold respectably on the PC, which is saying something, and I don't think it did so because people were watching gameplay videos and reading reviews. It's the hype that did it.

Granted, hype is far from always being a good thing though. Duke Forever is proof of that one. But it's not always a bad thing either. Sometimes it's deserved, other times it's not.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
74. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 24, 2011, 23:32 Ventura
 
If 95% of people on PC are pirating your game it means your game has now seen an audience 20 times larger than it would have without piracy.

The insinuation that there's no harm done because so many (claim they) wouldn't have bought the game anyway is one that I continue to find amusing. You know it's still wrong and that you're just contributing to the biggest problem facing the PC platform, don't you?

I mean, am I the only one who wants to play his FPS's with a mouse? Tell me I'm not. Seems like everyone here just wants to give Ubisoft the finger, and I wonder how many around here are only pissed because it means there'll be no torrent to pick up come release day.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
60. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 24, 2011, 21:15 Ventura
 
I don't know many people in my day to day life who still buy retail unless they have no other option. Digital might be equal, or it might be more.

In all fairness, my retail purchase was probably just because I live in Australia, and if you pay Steam's prices out here, you have more money than sense. I saved $37 taking advantage of a good store's pre-order offer.

MW3 is most certainly aimed at a console audience, and nobody with any sense disputes that.

My point is that it's not deliberate. They're just going where the money is, and that happens to be with the consoles. When 96% of your customers either buy on the 360 or the PS3, that's who you cater to. I bought the game on the PC, and I hate that as a platform it will likely see a lot less support, but from a business sense I can completely understand it.

You can easily make numbers say what ever you want. Black Ops 5.2 million pirated copies versus 25 million sales Worldwide we are very far away from the 95% piracy rate!!! would'nt you say ?

Ahh, but how many of the 25 million sales of Black Ops were on the PC platform? That's the question.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
48. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 24, 2011, 18:55 Ventura
 
Did you buy MW3 from Steam or some other online distributor or did you buy the game from retail? If you didn't get it retail then you're part of that 95%, ace.

I got it from retail, ace. Even if the number of digital sales happened to equal the number of retail sales (read: best case scenario), the pc platform would still only be at 6%. Nice try though.

To me, it seems like Console Piracy is going up and it seems to be that they are getting the titles way early like they used to on the PC.

This is because legitimate console versions can be played right away, while Steam games have to wait until they're unlocked before they're playable (and crackable).

MW3 is aimed at a console audience

It's not aimed at a console audience. It's aimed at who's doing the buying, and that's not pc gamers these days. You go where the money is.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
42. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 24, 2011, 18:19 Ventura
 
Verno wrote on Nov 24, 2011, 13:21:
95% piracy rate, oh boy. Well trolled.

You guys are all acting like he's wildly exaggerating, but if the percentage actually happened to be at around that, I don't think I'd really be all that surprised.

Whether you like it or not, piracy on the PC platform is obviously a huge concern. These guys don't want to see 2000 people pirating their game for every 100 sales, and who would?

Titles can still do reasonably well, of course, but as said before, that probably just means an even greater number of pirates are also enjoying it.

Edit:
I picked up the PC version of Modern Warfare 3. According to the info at vgchartz.com, PC sales of the game are at about 3%. I bet more than 95% have pirated this one.
 
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News Comments > Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games
19. Re: Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games<br> Following the critical failure of Rebellion's recent ga Nov 19, 2011, 22:08 Ventura
 
I see what you are saying Ventura. But if you reread Rebellion s excuse, even tho valid.... Basicly they are gonna market the games to you telling you how freaking cool it is.... only to show up afterwards saying the game is only as good as the deal they took.

You don't really think they'd comment on the poor quality of a deal during development, do you? Nevermind that it would be a violation of their contract, Fox would pull the plug and then they'd be out of work. For a developer, it would be akin to commiting career suicide.

These guys are going to be treated like cattle. They're given few resources (because of Fox), and are told what to do and when to do it by.

We'd all like games (and movies) that live up to the potential of these two franchises, but clearly Fox don't want to spend that kind of money, and that's not Rebellion's fault.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Version 1.0
8. Re: Minecraft Version 1.0 Nov 19, 2011, 06:05 Ventura
 
Haha - most of the people I know who play Minecraft played the beta to death and got sick of it, so I doubt they'll care.

Pretty much where I'm at. We jumped in at alpha, I bought three accounts, and absolutely played the fucker like non-stop in our free time for at least two weeks.

Have used it sparingly since then, but to be honest, haven't been all that impressed with where they've taken development. I'd have preferred things like more build options/ores/etc, where they did potions/experience/enchanting/etc.

Great game though.

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News Comments > Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games
13. Re: Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games<br> Following the critical failure of Rebellion's recent ga Nov 18, 2011, 20:38 Ventura
 
This is all a bit harsh. Their AvP games are certainly no worse than the multitude of crap movie-games that are always being released alongside the latest blockbusters.

Okay, so they won't win any awards, but they're far, far better. Night and day, if I'm being honest. I got my money's worth from AvP 2010, for sure.

Rebellion probably couldn't come out and say it, but I wouldn't be surprised if much of the problem turned out to be Fox themselves. They've never really understood the potential of the AvP franchise, a fact that is most definitively backed up by the insanely low production budgets awarded to their movies.

The real players, those that make the main franchises, throw huge amounts of money at their movies. Harry Potter, Spiderman, Transformers, Pirates... some of these cost upwards of $200 million to make. You got to spend money to make money, right?

AvP 1? $60 million. AvP 2? $40 million. Same with Predators. For fuck's sake. Twice that was spent making Adam Sandler's new comedy, Jack and Jill. Are you shitting me?

No, when Fox tell Rebellion they want a new AvP, they will want it fast, and they will want it cheap. And you can say take better deals, but when it's that or nothing, and you have employees to feed and a studio you really don't want to close, well, you do what you're asked.

If Rebellion were given time and resources, they could throw out something special. Outside of that, in this industry as a smaller, independant developer, I'm amazed they survive. Tough times.
 
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News Comments > More Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Records
17. Re: More Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Records Nov 17, 2011, 21:14 Ventura
 
But the last Battlefield game didn't come out last year

Actually, Bad Company 2 was released in March of 2010, so yeah, the last Battlefield game did come out last year.

I've said before that the Frostbite engine is the one to beat, and BF3 is definitely the game to buy if you're heavily into multiplayer... but I'm not. MW3, on the other hand, has something for everyone.

Finally, more FPS's exist than just battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, just because someone has a gripe with Modern Warfare 3 doesn't mean they are a bf3 fan, and visa versa.

I didn't say they were the only two FPS's doing the round these days, but the majority around here have used BF3 to criticise MW3 many a time. As far as they're concerned, it really does seem to be an either/or.

That said, you want to start talking about the engine powering Red Orchestra 2, be my guest.
 
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News Comments > More Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Records
14. Re: More Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Records Nov 17, 2011, 18:02 Ventura
 
I've played most of the CoD series, and clocked a lot of online hours with MW1, MW2 and BLOPs - but can someone please tell me what MW3 brings to the table? It is literally just a map pack for MW2 with a few minor tweaks.

If I was to say BF3 is a map pack for Bad Company 2 with a few tweaks thrown in, that would be no less true.

No, much like with BF3, you're pretty much just getting more of the same. There have been changes, and there's some new stuff, but on the whole, they're not going to mess with what is clearly a winning formula. $775 million in 5 days is why you don't try to fix what's not broken.

And yeah, the campaign is a riot. Much, much better than the quicktime event-infested crap that shipped with BF3. I've had several "woah" moments, because of the things that've happened while playing.

Oh yeah, and Spec Ops Survival is lots of fun when cooped with a mate over Steam.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy: Assassin's Creed Revelations [Updated]
10. Re: Ships Ahoy: Assassin's Creed Revelations [Updated] Nov 15, 2011, 18:04 Ventura
 
Um. No they aren't. Its a continued storyline and the game series is far from being "milked" like Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell are.

That would be why the last Rainbow Six game came out over three and a half years ago, right?

People make me laugh sometimes. A new CoD every year and that's milking it, but it's fine for other franchises.
 
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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 Sets Sales Record
16. Re: Modern Warfare 3 Sets Sales Record Nov 12, 2011, 18:43 Ventura
 
If you enjoy it then all power to you spend you money and have fun but next time read through a thread a few times before you reply to make sure you understand someones point of view.

See, what's funny is that your point of view has actually now changed. Your complaint is now about a lack of innovation, which as you'll notice had you actually read and understood my reply, I don't really have a problem with. That said, I do find it amusing, if just because none of the other main franchises are also really innovating either.

If the list of features present in these games isn't worth it to you, that's fine, but that doesn't mean they're skimping on the development in any way. They're just doing the same thing they've always done, because it would seem that's what a lot of people continue to want.

Personally, I'd just call that good business, but hey, maybe money's just not as important to you as it is to these guys.

I think BF3 really hurt MW3.

On the PC, I think it's Skyrim that hurt it more. While I went for MW3 this week, I'm seeing what you are; that is, so many others on my Steam list playing Skyrim instead. While shooter fans may have gotten their fill from BF3 and have passed on MW3 because of that, I'd say far more only budgeted for one title at around this time, and decided Skyrim was going to be it.

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News Comments > Modern Warfare 3 Sets Sales Record
9. Re: Modern Warfare 3 Sets Sales Record Nov 12, 2011, 08:40 Ventura
 
It is what it is and while it breaks records Activision will churn out another Map pack (sorry I mean full game) next year guaranteed. Wouldnt you ? very little effort for maximum reward. It strikes me that with there being so little apparent development

That's a bit harsh. It has a complete single player campaign, fully-featured multiplayer, Spec Ops missions, and Spec Ops survival. It's not like there's not lots to do, and unlike Battlefield 3, there really is something for everyone.

I don't mind criticism with regards to its lack of innovation or because it using the same engine, but all you're really doing is making stuff up because you don't like that it sells so well.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Breaks Sales Records
34. Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Breaks Sales Records Nov 9, 2011, 21:15 Ventura
 
Why would you even consider buying this pos in the first place?

I don't know, maybe because I did my homework. Wouldn't want to be accused of being a mindless fucking drone, after all.

The thought occurs that if people can't get enough of something, you continue to make money supplying it. Isn't that like, good business practice 101?

I don't get it, everyone else is out for as much money as they can get, nobody bats an eyelid. Activision cater to what many gamers obviously want, and people cry foul?

They're a business boys, just like all the others.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Breaks Sales Records
28. Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Breaks Sales Records Nov 9, 2011, 17:26 Ventura
 
The sad sad state that is gaming.. BF3 at least does something new and unique.. MW3 doesn't even try.. just the same again and again and again and again. And it sells like drugs

Huh? From where I'm looking, the reverse of that is actually true.

The Battlefield guys made BF3 pretty much multiplayer only in light of it having probably the worst, most consolised single player campaign ever. A pity, granted, because that Frostbite 2 engine is the one to beat. How you can make an engine that great and still fuck up the campaign so badly though, I'll never know, but they managed to pull it off.

If people want to criticise MW3 because it uses the same old engine, fair enough, you can do that. It might still look fine compared to most other shooters, but if it makes you feel better, that's cool. But you can't really complain about it not being unique, innovative, or revolutionary when it's BF3 you're comparing it to.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reviews
17. Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reviews Nov 9, 2011, 04:31 Ventura
 
Too many people complaining about the single player. If you ever thought these games had anything to do with single player whatsoever, you rode on the short bus as a kid. This game has about as much to do with single player as World of Warcraft, haha.

I think you're confused mate, because that's something to be said about BF3, not MW3.

Black Ops hit a home run with the really rather huge amount of offline content stuffed onto that disk, and while I'd say there's not quite as much with MW3, there's still plenty to do for those of us not really into multiplayer.

I'm all for you spending your time in multiplayer if that's what floats your boat, but that's a door that swings both ways.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
47. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nov 8, 2011, 23:50 Ventura
 
There is ONE REASON why the majority of the posts below are negative. THAT REASON is becuase people like me OWN YOU THE SECOND YOU LOG ONTO MULTIPLAYER SERVERS.

And I dont mean they are getting beat 12-8. I mean they get OWNED by hard core players 33-1.

AND THAT 1 is from second chance when I happen to be reloading and knifing some other poor fool.

THATS WHY THEY DONT LIKE IT. HAHAhAHAAHAhaahahaaha

For christ's sake mate, put a fucking sock in it. You're making us look bad. No wonder Call of Duty gamers get the rep they do.

On behalf of those of us that are actually enjoying Modern Warfare 3 AND can put together a coherent sentence to save our lives, I want to apologise for this clown.

Okay, so it's not going to win any innovation awards, but it was never going to. I don't touch multiplayer, but the campaign has been reviewed reasonably well (in all fairness, it couldn't be worse than BF3's campaign), and as I said before, Survival is an absolute blast. Granted, that IS why I bought it.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
45. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nov 8, 2011, 21:14 Ventura
 
Haven't had a lot of time to read the comments here, but I've been really enjoying MW3's new Survival mode. Not much else to say thus far, but definitely worth it for me.  
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